2007-08 LOUISIANA OYSTER SEASONS SET

Release Date: 08/02/2007

Opening and closing dates for the 2007-08 oyster season on the public oyster areas were set at the Aug. 2, 2007 meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. 


The oyster season in the primary public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, including the sacking only area of the public grounds and the Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation will open one-half hour before sunrise on Sept. 5, 2007 and close one-half hour after sunset on Sept. 21, 2007.  This area will then reopen one-half hour before sunrise on Nov. 12, 2007 and will close one-half hour after sunset on April 1, 2008.  The 2007 cultch plant locations in Black Bay and Turkey Bayou within the following coordinates will remain closed:


Black Bay - Plaquemines Parish
1. 29 degrees 37 minutes 30 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 33 minutes 29 seconds W longitude
2. 29 degrees 37 minutes 30 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 33 minutes 00 seconds W longitude
3. 29 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 33 minutes 00 seconds W longitude
4. 29 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 33 minutes 30 seconds W longitude


Turkey Bayou - St. Bernard Parish
1. 30 degrees 05 minutes 05.51 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 19 minutes 06.05 seconds W longitude
2. 30 degrees 05 minutes 42.24 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 18 minutes 30.04 seconds W longitude
3. 30 degrees 05 minutes 30.76 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 18 minutes 14.56 seconds W longitude
4. 30 degrees 04 minutes 54.03 seconds N latitude
89 degrees 18 minutes 50.58 seconds W longitude
 
The oyster season in the Hackberry Bay (Bay Duchene) Public Oyster Seed Reservation will open one-half hour before sunrise on Sept. 5, 2007 and will close one-half hour after sunset on Sept. 21, 2007.


The oyster season in the Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open one-half hour before sunrise on Sept. 5, 2007 and close one-half hour after sunset on Sept. 21, 2007.  This area will then reopen one-half hour before sunrise on Nov. 12, 2007 and will close one-half hour after sunset on April 1, 2008.  


The oyster season in the Lake Felicity and Lake Chien Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open one-half hour before sunrise on Oct. 24, 2007 and close one-half hour after sunset on Oct. 26, 2007.


The oyster season in the Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open one-half hour before sunrise on Oct. 24, 2007 and close one-half hour after sunset on Oct. 31, 2007.


The oyster season in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation will open one-half hour before sunrise on Nov. 12, 2007 and close one-half hour after sunset on Dec. 5, 2007.


The Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Ground will open one-half hour before sunrise on Sept. 5, 2007 and will close one-half hour after sunset on April 1, 2008.


The oyster season in the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area is detailed as follows:
1. Calcasieu Lake West Cove Conditional Management Area (west side of Calcasieu ship channel) will open one-half hour before sunrise on Oct. 15, 2007 and will close one-half hour after sunset on April 30, 2008.
2. Calcasieu Lake Conditional Management Area (east side of Calcasieu ship channel) will open one-half hour before sunrise on Nov. 1, 2007 and will close one-half hour after sunset on April 30, 2008.


The sack limit for Calcasieu Lake is set at 15 sacks per day as provided for in R.S. 56:435.1.1.  However, these conservation actions will not supercede public health closures.


The following areas will remain closed for the 2007-08 oyster season:  the Deep Lake, Lake Tambour, and Barataria Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds; the Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation; and the Sabine Lake public oyster tonging area.


The commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Secretary Bryant Hammett to take emergency action to close areas if oyster mortalities are occurring or to delay the season or close areas where significant spat catch has occurred with good probability of survival, or where it is found that there are excessive amounts of non-living reef material in seed oyster loads, or if oyster resources and/or reefs are being adversely impacted, or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.


Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.


For more information, contact Patrick Banks at 225-765-2370 or pbanks@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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